Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.


Recent Articles
  • Winter Weather Advisory: Tuesday

    Active winter weather is expected for Tuesday with freezing rain and sleet dominating the precipitation types. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of the area as bridges and overpasses will become slick in spots. COUNTIES INCLUDED:  BENTON, CARROLL, MADISON, WASHINGTON The precipitation type will likely change during the day on Tuesday. Morning: Freezing rain. Afternoon: Rain Evening: Freezing rain/sleet/rain. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TIMING RIVER VALLEY TIMING While that timeline is overly simplistic, the end result will be varying […]

  • Cold Weekend Forecast

    Cloudy and cold weather will continue into the weekend with high generally in the mid 40s to near 50º. Cloud cover and wind will make the temperatures feel colder for the entire weekend. A weak system will move across the area on Saturday night with spotty drizzle and possible some freezing drizzle in spots. Lows on Saturday night will range from 31-34º any travel impacts appear to be minimal at this time. Another system will bring more wet weather and […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory Issued

    Here we go again. Another Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for our area for Friday. A cold front is expected to bring much colder temperatures that will once again cause slick spots on bridges and overpasses. This is expected to affect the Ozark Plateau; including all of NW Arkansas as well as the high terrain along I49 from Fayetteville to Fort Smith. At this point, the Winter Weather Advisory is only in effect for Benton and Carroll County but […]

  • Light Freezing Rain Saturday Night Into Sunday

    Another round of light wintry weather is expected late Saturday into Sunday. The overall weather story will be the return of rainfall and warmer temperatures; however, as rain begins temperatures are likely going to be below freezing. Temperatures will climb above freezing on Sunday and Monday with rain (liquid) being the preferred precipitation type. Expect overcast skies with a cold rain for most of Sunday and Monday. Rain totals will range from around 2″ in the Ouachitas to around 1″ […]

  • Snow Flurries; Then Clearing & Cold

    Temperatures continue to fall across the area with temperatures falling into the teens overnight. Many locations will see wind chill values in the single digits overnight into the morning on Thursday. No snow is expected to stick to bridges, overpasses or roads and skies will clear later this evening. Rain will return this weekend with widespread showers by Sunday. -Garrett

  • Timeline: Tracking Severe Storms & Winter Weather

    Several weather hazards affect our area over the next 12-hours with both severe thunderstorms and wintry weather possible. Additionally, dense fog and localized flooding will be possible. In Northwest Arkansas… Rain will be possible this evening with stronger storms moving in after midnight. Rain will end as freezing rain towards the morning on Thursday. It appears freezing rain could affect the morning drive to work on Thursday. Winter Weather Advisories stay in effect until Noon on Thursday. Ice amounts will […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Scott County

    The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Scott County. Threats:  60+ MPH winds and hail up to one inch. Timing:  Now until 5:30PM

  • Watching Thunderstorms This Afternoon

    Severe thunderstorms are developing south of a stalled cold front. Storms that that develop south of this front will have the risk of rotation and damaging winds. This is the first round of severe weather and will last until around 7pm. Additional severe thunderstorms are likely after midnight. -Garrett

  • Severe Weather Along Strong Front Wednesday

    5NEWS will be operating under a Weather Alert Day on Wednesday night into Thursday with a powerful cold front dropping temperatures and causing severe thunderstorms. Several rounds of thunderstorms are possible within the next 48 hours with the strongest storms late Wednesday night into Thursday along a cold front. Initially, the main risk from all thunderstorms will be hail; larger than quarter size. Storms with a hail risk will be possible: Tuesday evening Wednesday mid-day Wednesday evening Late Wednesday night […]

  • Warm With Front Nearing Tonight

    Temperatures have spiked to nearly 80º ahead of the cold front which is slowly pressing into our area. Look for an increase in clouds and slightly lower temperatures on Tuesday. The front will not bring widespread change; it’s expected to lift back to the north as a warm front on Tuesday with temperatures once again back in the 70s. Late on Wednesday, we’ll see a stronger cold front move into Arkansas and Oklahoma with at least a chance for severe […]

  • Warming Trend Is Underway

    After a very cold morning on Wednesday, temperatures will climb each and every day leading into next week with the warmest days on Sunday and Monday with temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70. This is Fayetteville… it appears the next big drop in temperatures will be with a cold front arriving around February 5th. In the Greater Fort Smith area, we’ll see temperatures closing in on 70º before the front moves in on Thursday afternoon and evening. At […]

  • Arctic Front Brings Dangerous Cold; Snow Flurries

    A cold front will move across the area on Tuesday night with some of the coldest temperatures of the year expected for Wednesday. Many locations will not climb above freezing on Wednesday. Areas of light snow are possible along the arctic front on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. While no significant snow is expected, a few snowflakes with temperatures in the teens could create a handful of slick spots on bridges and overpasses. Wind chill values on Wednesday morning will […]

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